Do you and your spouse always agree about how to handle the finances? If you are like people in most marriages, a situation is bound to come up here and there when you don’t agree about finances. So what do you do when that happens? Do you have a knock ’em down, drag-it-out fight? Who “wins”? Or do you think about it as winning? Is there one better way over another to disagree?
According to a July 12, 2013 article in the Huffington Post, Sonya Britt, a researcher from Kansas State University, states that how much a couple argues about money in the beginning of a marriage is the biggest indicator of the endurance of a marriage. Divorce and money troubles often go hand in hand. Money dissensions can bring MAJOR stress on a marriage, especially a young, fragile relationship where trust may be lacking.
So money talks need to happen WAY before a ring. I don’t think a majority of the parents of our generation are equipping their children well enough about how to handle money. Parents also need to be talking about what sort of characteristics to be looking for in a spouse, and how their children need to watch the way in which their potential mates handle money.
With our kids now we are constantly talking about stewardship of their God-given resources. We are always asking this question: “Is that a good decision?” That question is not only good to ask when talking about how to spend money, but it works for how we spend our time, how we treat each other, and much more!
At Stacy Makes Sense, I recently wrote a post about what to do when you and your spouse don’t agree about money. I share a personal story about what Jonathan and I did when we didn’t agree about having a loan for a car. You can go here to read about how Jonathan and I worked through the situation.
What do you do when you disagree with your spouse about money? After writing the post, I am kinda thinking there needs to be a part 2. Maybe about the realities of submitting and that potentially taking you into deep debt if your spouse spends money wildly. What do you think?
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